I was a freelancer at the start of my career, working in radio with a series of independent radio groups. It’s not a lifestyle for everybody, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. There’s something about it that keeps the blood pumping through your veins.
There’s the constant challenge of finding new customers while ensuring that you deliver for the current one. I learned very early on that part of the battle is to have the right tools. Back in the mid 1990s the one I relied on three: a Nokia Orange [the network operator] cell phone, a decent pair of headphones and contacts book. While the tools have changed over the last 20 years or so, they are still an essential part of making a career as a freelancer.
Whether you’re new to the freelance game, a seasoned contractor or somewhere in between there’s an event designed to inspire you. Spotlight: Freelance – The Secrets to Freelance Success is taking place on September 28. It’s organized by Future. Innovation. Technology. Creativity. [FITC for short] and is being held at the Bahen Center for Information Technology.
The great line up of speakers includes Julie MacDonnell who will be talking about the legal issues of being a freelancer, Kevin Airgid who’ll provide tips on how to network, sell and pitch and Mark MacLeod offering advice on finance for freelancers. Freelancers should not miss this event.
Camaraderie is holding a contest the week of Sep 16-22 (this week). To qualify, you’ll need to use Twitter or Google+ and write or link to a freelance tip that worked well for them with the hashtag #freelancetip and we”ll choose two winners at random on Sep 23, to win one ticket each. Good luck!